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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Antimicrobial Stewardship

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Northport, NY

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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Antimicrobial Stewardship)

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs




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Functions independently under scope of practice as defined by the health care system for selected disease states to provide pharmaceutical care to patients.

Obtains medication histories from patients and summarizes significant findings in the medical record and/or to the provider as appropriate.

Reviews patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic outcomes as required.

Monitors for and reports drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient compliance issues; documents findings per facility procedures.

Participates in the training and in-servicing of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, pharmacy residents, and other medical center personnel as required.

Effectively instructs patients and family members in the appropriate use of medications and medical devices and is able to adjust communication and tracking methods based on age and developmental considerations.

Accurately assesses and documents patient comprehension; is able to refer patients to educational programs provided at the medical center by multidisciplinary teams.

Serves as an authority on drug usage, interactions, over-dosages, and compliance to medical staff, nursing staff, technicians and students.


Basic Requirements:

United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.


Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy (COPY OF COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).

Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AND CERTIFICATE OF FOREIGN EQUIVALENCY).


Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. (COPY OF ACTIVE AND CURRENT LICENSURE REQUIRED)

Preferred Experience:

Board Certification or other recognized pharmacy certification applicable to the major duties of the position. In addition, completion of a Residency/Fellowship Training program accredited by ASHP/ACCP.


GS-13 Clinical Pharmacist Specialist


In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

An example of one year of experience at the lower level would be working as a Clinical Pharmacist reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); extensive experience with Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP), assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):

Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.

Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.

Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

Physical Requirements

: Must be able to distinguish basic colors. This position requires routine standing, bending, stooping/squatting and lifting.


: VA Handbook 5005/55 Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 7, 2012.None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Updated Resume/CV

Copy of College Transcripts

Copy of Board Certification (if applicable)

Proof of Residency and/or Fellowship Training

DD 214 (if claiming veterans preference)

SF-15 (if applicable - veterans preference)

Other supporting documentation to support your application

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

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Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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